Wednesday, January 30, 2013

BOOK REVIEW: SECRETS OF THE CICADA SUMMER




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SECRETS OF THE CICADA SUMMER
Andrea Beaty
Amulet Books
2008

Available: Paperback, Kindle

     Lily Mathis is in the sixth grade and lives in the small town of Olena in the middle of nowhere. That doesn’t bother her. It’s the only life she’s known. Besides, she’s not your typical kid. She’s haunted by her past. Most people don’t even notice her much, which allows her to observe and spy on the town folk. Her one secret passion is to read Nancy Drew books. She’s read the ones in the library at least fourteen times, which would surprise everyone. They don’t even know she can read. Or talk. She hasn’t spoken for three years. Not since it happened. Her brother’s death. When Tinny Bridges comes to town everything changes. She catches Lily reading. Then new girl steals from the store and blames Lily. Lily doesn’t like or trust Tinny, but when a strange man shows up in town and Tinny goes missing, it’s up to Lily to solve the mystery and find her.
    This is a well written, coming of age novel for a younger child than usual. It’s set in the past and told from Lily’s viewpoint. Her present life is layered with her memories to create two storylines that run parallel in the telling. It’s a compelling read that takes a look at secrets, forgiveness, and relationships.

Target audience: Grades 5 - 8
Mystery/suspense: Yes
Kid appeal: advanced readers


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